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SOS from crew stranded on a "hell ship" in Malaysia
« on: May 24, 2011, 09:57:06 PM »
Poor seamen... I don't get why they can't be evacuated while this legal dispute continues. Seems really unfair.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/sos-crew-stran ... 01533.html

Port Klang (The Star/ANN) - Fifteen seamen stranded on a detained container vessel and living in dreadful conditions for more than one year are pleading for help to free them from their "hell ship".

The 13 Bangladeshis and two Indonesians have been surviving on rice, vegetables and dal (lentil) and sleeping on the open deck of the vessel anchored at the deep water point off Northport here in Malaysia since May 4 last year.

The poor living conditions on the MV Banga Biraj forced one crewman to attempt suicide while another claimed that his wife in Dhaka had threatened to leave him.

The 11,690-tonne Bangladesh-registered MV Banga Biraj, a detained container vessel, is involved in a legal dispute. It is no longer seaworthy and is lying idle, rusting away at the deep water point off Northport here.

HRC Shipping in Bangladesh has appealed to the MV Banga Biraj crewmen to be patient, saying that the ship will be released "very soon".

HRC Shipping general manager Captain Shajahan Siraj said they were in active discussion with the parties concerned and were confident the matter would be resolved over the next few weeks.

However, he expressed surprise as to why their local representative here had not increased the weekly meal allowance for each seaman from 60 ringgit (around US$20) to 100 ringgit as had been approved by their headquarters.

"This is unacceptable," he said via a telephone interview from Dhaka.
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